Monday, September 1, 2014

Mint flowers nail art using stamping system (Konad & Bundle monster)




Happy Monday Mani, it has been a while since I posted a nail art in here. The thing is that I´m switching now. One Monday is dedicated to a DIY project and the next one will be about nail art. Today is nail art change.

But today I am doing something a bit different. I am using a stamping system. I discovered this pretty cool concept a few years ago. Then stopped using them, and the other day I was re-organizing my nail polish “collection” and I saw the whole kit, and made me ask my self: “why did I ever stop using them?” So, I cleaned the whole set and gave it a go.

For anyone who has no clue what I am referring to, here it is. A stamping nail art system, is simply choosing images (that come on plates), and then stamping those images on your nails. Here and here you will find more information about it. All I can say, is they are pretty cool. Cons:  It´s a bit of a messy process, somewhat of a waist, and you have to work with very pigmented polishes. But even so, I like it. And once in a while it´s totally cool to use them, I think!

So, with all that said, I came up with this design. I used just a base coat, my mint-ish base color, a gold nail polish, and my matte topcoat. Find our what exactly did I use and how I do this design here. Happy stamping!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Easy & Fast Pomegranate Snack | Desserts for the Weekend




Happy weekend everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite and one of my childhood memories actually: Pomegranate.

We use to have this dessert, and up until today, when I go to my parent’s house and they make it, it makes me so happy. It makes me remember when I was younger, and everything was ok because I was home, and I didn´t have to worry about anything, really. You know, when you get that pampering feeling of “I´m home now, everything is fine”. It brings me back to that. 

I also wanted to share this one, because is extremely easy to make and tastes good. The most difficult part is opening that pomegranate, that´s how easy this is.
Perfect for back to school or work. You can make a couple pomegranates the night before, in Tupperware (refrigerated), take it out the next day and you are good to go.  Perfect snack.

So, let me show you how easy it is. Happy snacking!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Organization décor DIY





Hello. Last week we went shopping for some décor supplies (not for my place, sadly, but for a restaurant) and I found this really cute box.  Is like a kind of cardboard material. Its got a good size and it comes with drawers that come out. I love those. The only thing I didn’t like but thought I´d do something with it is the cardboard showing thru. Later on that day we went to another store (kind of Michael´s) and found this really cute paper with the perfect pattern and color for it.

So, just in case you own one of those, and you don´t like it but it´s still pretty functional, then you might find this helpful.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Peanut butter + grape snacks | Desserts for the weekend





(un-edited photos, just fixed contrast and brightness)


Happy weekend everyone! Lately, I´ve been really into snacks. More specific, snacks with peanut butter. It´s all because previous of this, I had never ever tried peanut butter before (I know…where have I been, I was totally missing out). So, since it´s so good and so addicting I have been looking for other food to eat with it (I wanted to try something other than just eating it with a spoon).

I previously made some:
Banana + apple peanut butter snacks here.
Cute peanut butter + apple sandwiches here
And now, a combination I would say is my favorite so far: peanut butter + green grapes.

Out of all the combos I´ve tried, with bananas is a bit too sweet for me, with apples is yummy as well, but then I got over it, and I love grapes. They have the perfect snack size, and you can grab as many or as little as you want without the commitment of having to finish the whole fruit, something you just want half of whatever fruit you are eating. You will love these ones if you like grapes, of course!

I was playing with my food before eating it, of course, and I made a few “designs”.  I never knew you could make designs with grapes as if they were cake pops!

Anyway, hope you enjoy and happy snacking!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School Easy Snack: Apple + Peanut Butter | Desserts for the Weekend





Hi friends! Last weekend I posted this snacks, and today I am sharing more because for some reason I have been snacking a lot. Sometimes you just don´t have the time to bake, but you still gotta have something sweet. 

These are a lot of fun to make, because of the shape you cut in the middle part of the apple. I think kids (and grown-up kids, like myself) will love making these ones to eating them later. I dont have children of my own but I can totally visualize my nieces having so much fun making them.

I got inspired from this image, I couldn´t find my heart cookie cutter, but I found some others instead. (I lost the source of this idea, but I found it on the internet)




We will just need:
-       Apple
-       Small cookie cutters
-       Knife
-       Peanut butter. The peanut butter is my obsession at the moment but you can sandwich your apples with anything else that you like. Nutella maybe?

These are so much fun to make, adorable and yummy. So let´s start the fun!




Monday, August 11, 2014

Sally Hansen´s Big Matte Top Coat Review + 2 designs using it | Monday Mani





 Hi! For the longest time I´ve been searching for a matte topcoat and until now, I wasn´t very lucky on finding it.  I always wanted the matte top by Essie here, but I was never ever able to find it. I am very unlucky. In general. Until now, I might add.

So, walking by Sally Hansen´s little stand at Wall-Mart I saw the bottle alone, waiting for me, calling my name, saying “take me, I´ve saved my self for you”, and so I did. It was one of those times when you are totally not shopping for an item, but you randomly find it, and it´s the only one left.

After trying it, I love it in general. One thing I want to mention is that, if you don´t wait until your nail polish is 100% dry, it tends to smudge. Not significantly, but it does. Other than that, I love it.



I was dying to try out this design, and so I did.  While painting my nails I couldn’t decide if I wanted the whole black nail matte, or just the tip of it. So I went for both.
Materials used:
-Black out by Sally Hansen
-Winner takes it all by Maybelline
-Big matte topcoat by Sally Hansen
- Nail art brush

So, enough of blah, let´s go ahead and start the fun! Happy painting!



Friday, August 8, 2014

3 easy fruity-snack ideas | Desserts for the Weekend





Happy weekend, I hope you all doing well. Today I wanted to share 3 ideas using 3 ingredients of a snack type dessert I´ve been having minimum 3 times a week. OPS! I consider myself now obsessed with peanut butter. If you are too, and you like bananas and apples as well, then come join my little club!  Another thing I´ve been doing, since this is quite a lot for just one person, I usually give this as a dessert type snack after having lunch, because it satisfies that sweet craving that a lot of people get after eating. I like to think of it as a (somewhat) healty-ish snack(?), because of the fruit. But not so much because of the peanut butter. Maybe I am super wrong, so don´t quite me on that one (that´s why I didn´t call this post "healthy", because I am not 100% if it is, what do you think?). I think everything in smaller portions is better than going crazy with huge portions, specially on the peanut butter part.

Ingredients:
-       ½ apple
-       1 banana
-       Peanut Butter (quantity is optional, depends on how much you want to add)

I´m introducing, the swirl, the fancy swirl and the sandwich, all delicious. ENJOY!